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    The History of Lingerie


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    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Learn about the history of lingerie.

    Lingerie - women love them and men love them.

    Believe it or not, lingerie has been around for a long long time.

    The idea for scant, womanly pieces originated in Egypt roughly 5,000 years ago.

    High status women wore the luxurious kind. Whereas females in lower classes were either featured in the nude or showcasing loin cloths that covered the private areas.

    Greek sculptures seemed to follow the lingerie trend.

    An artifact found in Crete, from 2,000 B.C. depicts a lady wearing a corset-like piece that pushed the breasts upwards.

    Romans were next to jump on the lingerie bandwagon - ofcourse, no origin story is complete without the Romans or the Chinese.

    Tight bands would support women’s busts. A mosaic from 400 AD pictures several women who are wearing bikini-like pieces.

    During the Middle Ages, undergarments were designed to flatten and hide female curves. In Europe, women wore loose fitting chemises under their dresses. By the 1500s, the aim of lingerie had shifted as it was tailored to enhance curvaceous bodies.

    The corset was controversial in many areas and throughout several centuries, it went in and out of style. Nylon stockings were introduced in the 19th century and women began wearing them attached to corsets.

    In the beginning of the 20th century, bust bodices became popular, as they completely supported the breasts. In 1913, the patent was given out for a modern bra which was constructed out of pink ribbons and silk handkerchiefs.

    And 5000 years of innovation in lingerie finally led to this - edible lingerie.

    Pop quiz time - who do you think invented lingerie a) Egyptians b) French or c) the Chinese.